Social Finance
Impact Incubator

Impact Incubator

The Impact Incubator brings together foundations’ expertise in tackling social issues and Social Finance’s ability to develop and implement new social business models. Our ambition is to launch “game changing” models for delivering impact in areas of acute social need.

The Impact Incubator is supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Treebeard Trust, Comic Relief, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and Tudor Trust.


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Introduction to the Impact Incubator

The Issues


There are currently over 21 million refugees in the world, half of whom are children, and UNHCR estimates that 34,000 people being displaced each day. It has widely been called the worst humanitarian crisis of our generation, and many people and communities across the UK are keen to respond. Each year the UK accepts the asylum claims of around 16,000 people fleeing danger and persecution, yet those refugees often struggle in the months and years after receiving our protection. From homelessness, to unemployment, to health and mental health, refugees experience worse outcomes than others. We are exploring this complex issue, looking to understand what more can be done to connect the groundswell of compassion that exists at a community level in the UK in a systematic way to help refugees.

Refugee community sponsorship: A guide to becoming a sponsor


Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) mental health inequalities

BME people are under-represented in low-level mental health support but 3.5 times more likely to be detained or “sectioned” under the Mental Health Act and twice as likely to commit suicide. Current mental health services are not meeting their needs and are often viewed as inaccessible. At its worst, BME people face discrimination from services which under-refer to preventative support and over-detain at the severe end. We will work with communities, statutory and charitable partners alongside funders to build on pockets of best practice and improve outcomes.

Children leaving care

10,000 children leave state care each year but many talk about a cliff edge of support from total dependence to total independence. These young people often have a more difficult start to adult life – consequently they are more likely to suffer from depression, low confidence or end up in prison. These young people should have the same life chances as any other young person. We will work with young people, charities and commissioners to develop the solution young people need after care to give them a strong foundation for adult life.

We have designed a survey for care leavers to submit their opinions on how to make the experience of leaving care better. We have appreciated the guidance that so many experts have given us in devising this survey. In particular, Who Cares? Trust, Ben Ashcroft, Zachari Duncalf, National Children’s Bureau, Barnardos and Sally Bartolo the GLA Peer Outreach Team Manager have provided valuable input into our survey.


Rehabilitation of perpetrators of domestic abuse

There are 25,000 serial perpetrators of domestic abuse nationally. However, only 6% of perpetrators receive any intervention to address their abusive behaviour. The problem is widespread: there are 635,000 incidents of domestic abuse each year and 130,000 children in the UK live in households with a high-risk perpetrator. If we want victims to live safer lives we need to develop and implement a better response to those perpetrating abuse and end the cycle.

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